Auction for pristine British classic cars in NZ

  • 04/12/2016
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Some of the best preserved post-war British cars in New Zealand, owned by a Wellington businessman, are being auctioned.

The Roy Savage collection of 30 classic cars is going under the hammer at the Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu on Sunday afternoon. The event is run by auction house Mossgreen-Webb's.

The collection includes a 1955 Jaguar XK 140 FHC, a 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2, 4.2 Coupe, a 1965 Austin-Healey BJ8 3000 MK 111 a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 80SL Auto. The collection has many classics of post-war Britain.

Mr Savage is parting with half of his collection.

His son, John Savage, told the NZ Herald the family was keeping cars with emotional connections like his grandfather's car, the family Holden, the original car his father used to set up the family business.

Roy Savage developed a Lower Hutt company that began selling industrial gloves which became New Zealand Safety, which when he sold it, had a turnover of about $100 million a year.

International buyers are lining up with locals. The car collection is expected to fetch about $1 million.